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Rogers Bell face social media campaign by teacheroriented Remind texting service

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B, TSX:BCE)David Paddon, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Two of Canada’s largest mobile phone services are being targeted by a social media campaign launched by Remind.com, a San Francisco-based company that provides a free two-way texting service for teachers, students and parents.  Remind is calling on its Canadian users — nearly one million individuals, according to the company — to pressure Rogers and Bell to reverse a recent price increase that makes Remind’s texting service uneconomic in this country.“Beginning on Jan. 28, parents and students in Canadian classes who normally get Remind texts will no longer receive messages if they have wireless plans with Rogers, Bell, or their respective subsidiaries,” the company says.It goes on to ask users to reach out to Bell and Rogers through social media to ask them to reverse the fee.The free version of Remind’s app has a variety of uses including notifying groups about class assignments, schedules of emergencies as well as two-way communications between individual teachers, students and parents. Rogers and Bell say they don’t have a direct contractual relationship with Remind — which accesses their networks indirectly through two intermediary companies — but they are willing to discuss a compromise.“We know how important it is for educators and parents to stay connected,” Rogers spokeswoman Sarah Schmidt said in an email statement.“Last year we reached out and made every effort to work out a more than fair agreement with them that would have met their SMS needs on our network. Unfortunately, they were not satisfied.”Bell spokesman Nathan Gibson said in an email that Bell doesn’t directly charge either its own customers or Remind to send or receive text messages on their mobile phones.But Bell did begin to charge an intermediary company, called Syniverse, a “very nominal fee” for each message delivered over its network as of Dec. 1 in response to a higher volume of spam text messages.“We were contacted by Remind for the first time last week about the increased costs they’re facing. We are talking to them and Syniverse about what can be done to address their concerns.”Syniverse is an intermediary that bridges the gap between the world’s wireless communications networks. In this case, it has relationships with Bell, Rogers and Twilio, another intermediary used by Remind. None of the companies’ representatives would disclose the per-message fees involved.But Remind chief executive Brian Grey said its annual costs would jump from “tens of thousands of dollars” to “hundreds of thousands of dollars” and the increase is unsustainable for the company at this stage of its development.Grey said Remind doesn’t use its platform as a method for distributing advertising and its revenue comes from the sale of a large-scale version of the service to schools and districts, a practice launched in January 2017 in the United States.“Longer term, our plan would be to bring that to Canada and other markets. But we’re just not there yet,” Grey said.In the meantime, Remind’s strategy in Canada is to provide a free version of its service to teachers who then spread the word to students, parents and eventually school administrators.“That’s why this move by Rogers and Bell also is problematic. Basically, it comes at a time when all we are providing to Canada — educators, students and parents — is a free version of our service.”“Our business model is really about building more benefits and features into our communications platform that then allow us to sell a paid version . . . that connects to what are called school information systems,” Grey said.Grey said he’s looking for alternative methods for Remind to reach users in Canada but said it would be better to stay with Bell and Rogers, given the number of teachers, students and parents who use their service.last_img read more


October 13, 2019 0

Abidar Publishes Her Book Says She Was Raped by Her Father

Rabat – Moroccan controversial Loubna Abidar releases her autobiography in France under the title La dangerouse.Abidar, who ignited very hostile and angry reactions after her participation in Nabil Ayouch’s feature filmMuch Loved, relates her life story in Morocco under the norms of what she describes ‘a patriarchal and misogynistic society.’ Her book, wherein she expresses her views on a myriad of women issues, is expected to be as contentious and daring as her film.Featured in Much Loved as a prostitute in obscene erotic scenes, Abidar was not only severely lambasted but also physically aggressed for transgressing and trespassing what the majority of Moroccans consider as ‘red lines.’ The controversy following her film went even further to the extent that some fundamental voices called for her death. On 6 November 2015, she was attacked on a street in Casablanca. The next day she flew to France because she “realized that her life is at risk” in Morocco.Her role in Much Loved earned her a number of awards abroad: The Valois for Best Actress at the Francophone Film Festival of Angoulême and the Golden Bayard Festival of Namur. Loubna Abidar was also nominated for this year’s César Award for Best Actress.The film, which was presented at Cannes in 2015, was banned in Morocco, where it is considered “a serious affront to moral values and Moroccan women, and a flagrant violation of the image of the kingdom.”In her autobiography, Abidar assumes the role of a zealous feminist in defense of women’s emancipation. Repeating the famous feminist argument, she states that her plight began the moment she came to this world.“The disaster began when I came out of my mother’s womb,” writes the thirty-year-old actress. The most favorite occupation of her father was hitting and beating her “two or three times a day, every day,” she said according to Le FigaroThe violence she was subjected to by her father was both physical and sexual as she writes. Yet, when she tried to confide to her mother “much time later, she did not believe [her.]”She growls: “nobody talks about what men can do to their daughter, their niece.” Virginity, she believes, “is the biggest lie in the Arab-Muslim world.” “Nobody talks about it, since women are expected to remain virgins until the time of their marriage. Virginity, believe me, is the biggest lie of the Arab-Muslim world,” she writes.Loubna Abidar chose her voluntary exile in France because she feels she doesn’t belong to her ‘regressive’ society where women are subjected to various forms of subordination under religious pretexts. “Morocco does not want me; it does not want the woman I am… I believe in what the Prophet Mohamed said, not in the Islam of today that oppresses women and their freedom of thought.” Loubna writes. read more


October 12, 2019 0

Lowes Fiscal 1Q Earnings Snapshot

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) _ Lowe’s Cos. (LOW) on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $1.05 billion.On a per-share basis, the Mooresville, North Carolina-based company said it had net income of $1.31. Earnings, adjusted for pretax gains, were $1.22 per share.The results fell short of Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 15 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.33 per share.The home improvement retailer posted revenue of $17.74 billion in the period, topping Street forecasts. Eleven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $17.63 billion.Lowe’s expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.45 to $5.65 per share.Lowe’s shares have increased 20% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen 14%. The stock has increased 27% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on LOW at https://www.zacks.com/ap/LOWThe Associated Press read more


October 12, 2019 0

Two new Force Commanders to head UN missions in Golan Heights and

18 January 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named two generals with United Nations peacekeeping experience as the new Force Commanders for the world body’s operations in the Golan Heights and Lebanon. In letters to the President of the Security Council, Mr. Ban announced his intention to appoint Major-General Wolfgang Jilke of Austria to lead the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) and Major-General Claudio Graziano of Italy to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).In his almost 40-year military career, Major-General Wolfgang Jilke, whose tenure is effective today, has held a variety of posts both within and outside of his home country of Austria. He succeeds Lieutenant-General Bala Nanda Sharma of Nepal in his post as Force Commander.Major-General Jilke has taught at the Austrian War College and has served as Commander of his country’s International Peace Support Command as well as the Chief of the Office of the Austrian Federal Minister of Defence. He has represented Austria in both the European Union and NATO since January 2003.The major-general brings past experience of UNDOF to his new post, as he served twice in the mission in the past as Company Commander in 1975 and as Deputy Chief of Staff from 1989 to 1990.Major-General Graziano joined the Italian Military in 1974, and has since held a number of posts at the tactical, operational and strategic levels. He was promoted to the rank of major-general in January 2006.He has a Bachelor’s degree and two Master’s degrees in Human Sciences and in Strategic Military Studies.As Commanding Officer of the Susa Alpine Infantry Battalion, the major-general was deployed with his battalion in the UN Operation in Mozambique. He also served as Commander of the Kabul Multinational Brigade in Afghanistan from July 2005 to February 2006.Major-General Graziano will replace French Major-General Alain Pellegrini who will step down on 17 February. read more


October 12, 2019 0

SecretaryGeneral deeply saddened by death of Ethiopian Prime Minister

“Prime Minister Zenawi will be remembered for his exceptional leadership and advocacy on African issues within and outside the continent, as well as for overseeing his country’s economic growth and development,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.The statement further expressed the Secretary-General’s gratitude for Mr. Zenawi’s strong support of UN peacekeeping and peacemaking operations. Ethiopian troops have regularly participated in UN peacekeeping deployments throughout Africa, including in Sudan, Liberia and Burundi. “The Secretary-General will remember, in particular, Prime Minister Zenawi for his active commitment to working with the United Nations on numerous global peace and development challenges,” the statement continued, pointing to Mr. Zenawi’s recent important role in the ongoing negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan as well his work on the Millennium Development Goals and climate change. According to media reports, Mr. Zenawi, 57, passed away on Monday of an undisclosed illness. He had been at the pinnacle of Ethiopian politics since 1991, when he served as President, before becoming Prime Minister in 1995. read more


October 2, 2019 0

Scores and Schedule

Tuesday’s GamesNHLBuffalo 3 San Jose 2 (OT)Ottawa 4 Philadelphia 3Anaheim 3 Tampa Bay 1Carolina 2 Montreal 1Pittsburgh 4 Winnipeg 3Vegas 8 Chicago 3Colorado 3 Nashville 2Arizona 4 Minnesota 3Edmonton 1 Dallas 0 (OT) Los Angeles 2 Vancouver 1 (OT)—AHLSan Jose 4 Stockton 2—NBADetroit 115 New York 108Atlanta 115 Miami 113Toronto 122 Memphis 114Indiana 109 Phoenix 104Denver 117 L.A. Lakers 85—Wednesday’s Games(All times Eastern)NHLSt. Louis at Detroit, 7 p.m.Anaheim at Florida, 7 p.m.San Jose at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.Dallas at Calgary, 9 p.m.Pittsburgh at Colorado, 9:30 p.m.—AHLChicago at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m.Toronto at Cleveland, 7 p.m.WB/Scranton at Hershey, 7 p.m.Bridgeport at Springfield, 7:05 p.m.Utica at Binghamton, 7:05 p.m.Belleville at Laval, 7:30 p.m.Manitoba at San Diego, 10 p.m.—NBAAtlanta at Charlotte, 7 p.m.New York at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.Utah at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.Chicago at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.Cleveland at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.Dallas at Houston, 8 p.m.San Antonio at Minnesota, 8 p.m.Washington at New Orleans, 8 p.m.Orlando at Portland, 10 p.m.Phoenix at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.—The Canadian Press read more


October 2, 2019 0

Female bandit torches car of Corentyne taxi driver in robbery attack

A 32-year-old taxi driver is now counting his losses after he was robbed and his motor car torched by a woman who pretended to be a passenger at Number 63 Village, Corentyne, Berbice on Monday.The torched carThe victim has been identified as Ravindra Mohabir of Number 59 Village, Corentyne-Berbice.According to information reaching INews, the incident occurred at around 06:40hrs.Mohabir was reportedly leaving his friend’s home after he had just finished assisting him with car maintenance, when he was flagged down by a woman in the vicinity of the Number 61 Village, Corentyne, Berbice.The woman reportedly enquired as to the cost to travel to the Number 63 Beach, and Mohabir answered that it was $2,000. She then entered the 192 Toyota Carina motor car, bearing licence plates HB7773 and paid.He recalled that as he was turning into the main entrance to the beach, the woman requested that he diverts to another entry point.The 32-year-old told media operatives that it was at this point, while he was about to comply with her request that he felt something hard and cold against his neck.Mohabir noted that it wasn’t long before he realised that it was a gun, and the woman began to demand that he turn over his cash and valuables.However, when the taxi driver explained that she was his first “job” for the day, and he had only made the $2,000 she had paid him, the woman reportedly became enraged.As such, she grabbed the cash and the man’s mobile phone before commanding him to get out of his car and run.Mohabir did as he was told and ran straight to the Number 62 Village Police Outpost where he made a report of what transpired.When law enforcement officials arrived at the scene, they found Mohabir’s motorcar exactly where he left it, completely torched.A  search for the suspect is on-going. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice teen who killed taxi driver jailed for three yearsFebruary 21, 2019In “Court”BREAKING: Two killed in another brutal Berbice robberyJanuary 9, 2016In “Crime”5 suspects remanded for Corentyne robberyAugust 15, 2017In “Court” read more


September 25, 2019 0

HTC Edge premier smartphone quadricœur

first_imgHTC Edge: premier smartphone quadri-cœurHTC va peut-être faire sensation au futur CES de Las Vegas en janvier prochain. Il présenterait le Edge, un smartphone à processeur quadruple cœurs. Le HTC Edge, dont les spécifications provisoires viennent de fuiter sur Internet promet déjà d’être le smartphone le plus puissant de ces prochains mois, tout du moins sur le papier, rapporte Génération NT. Attendu au CES de Las Vegas de janvier prochain, qui reste le plus gros évènement technologique de l’année, ses spécifications donnent le tournis.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Cet Edge serait en effet le premier smartphone grand public à embarquer un processeur quadri-cœur cadencé à 1,5 GHz. Un monstre de puissance certes, mais qui va devoir se montrer économe en énergie pour préserver l’autonomie du mobile. Autre rumeur, son écran serait une large dalle de 4,7 pouces et posséderait par défaut 32 Go de stockage. Le tout tournant sous Android 4.0, connu aussi sous le nom d’Ice Cream Sandwich.HTC préparerait donc son smartphone premium pour le système de Google, créneau qui se retrouve bouché ses derniers mois avec coup sur coup le Samsung Galaxy S II ou le Galaxy Nexus ce mois-ci. Néanmoins, ce mobile franchit une étape dans la conception d’appareils nomades et sera à coup sûr l’attraction de ce prochain CES. Vivement janvier ! Le 9 novembre 2011 à 14:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


September 20, 2019 0

Federal lab to examine Portland bird carcasses

first_imgPORTLAND — A federal forensics laboratory will examine the carcasses of birds believed to have been poisoned last week in Portland, Oregon, parks.Gary Young, an investigator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, says that if they were poisoned and it was intentional, the act could be prosecuted under federal law. Such prosecutions are rare.Bob Sallinger of the Audubon Society of Portland says corn was found in the stomachs of the birds, leading him to believe they were poisoned. Witnesses said they were having seizures.The Oregonian reports that the carcasses of 30 to 40 crows and one gull were recovered Wednesday from downtown parks, along with several more from other parts of the city.Young says the carcasses will be sent to a lab in Ashland, in southern Oregon.last_img read more


September 16, 2019 0

Crooks break into Miami supermarket steal cash

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are searching for the people responsible for a break-in at a supermarket in Miami, Friday morning.City of Miami Police responded to the scene of the burglary, near Southwest 17th Avenue and 14th Street.Officials said the perpetrators busted through the front entrance by ripping the hurricane shutter doors.The owner said the crooks took off with cash and cigarettes.If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


September 15, 2019 0

India Poised to Become 5 Trillion Economy by 2025 Jaitley Deputy

first_imgHighlighting the country’s growth potential to woo investors, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said on Friday the Indian economy will touch $4-5 trillion in about 10 years.  “You might not find a better opportunity to create wealth. It’s great time to invest in India.We are going to take India’s $2 trillion economy to $4-5 trillion economy in the next 10-12 years,” he said.He was speaking at an event organised by Indian Private and Venture Capital Association in New Delhi.The World Bank ranks India as the world’s 10th largest economy, at almost $1.9 trillion. Sinha said that the rupee has remained relatively steady due to strong foreign capital inflows, indicating that India is already a good investment destination.He assured venture capitalists and private equity players that their concerns on taxation will be addressed in the current Budget, but declined to into specifics.Sinha said the government’s vision for Mumbai was to develop it as a major international finance centre on the lines of Singapore and London.Sinha was earlier the Managing Director of philanthropic investment firm Omidyar Network India Advisors, read EconomicTimes.A few days ago, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had stressed the need for tax reforms and faster decision-making for a stable taxation policy regime. “In order to make best use of this opportunity, we have to address two major concerns that is quick decision making and stability in policy matters, and reforms in tax structure and administration,” he had said.last_img read more


September 5, 2019 0

Tomb Raider debut trailer really is a Turning Point

first_imgCrystal Dynamics have today released the debut trailer for the next Tomb Raider game, and it doesn’t fail to impress with its cinematic quality.The trailer alone took over a year to create and sees the Tomb Raider series get a reboot for a new generation of gamers, as well as the old fans wanting more Lara.While no gameplay is shown, the quality of the cinematics is clear and you can tell Crystal Dynamics has Uncharted in its sights in terms of visuals. We don’t doubt that the game is going to be something quite special to look at, lets just hope the gameplay matches the look.IGN recently did a preview for the game in the run-up to E3. As you can see in the trailer, this new Lara is somewhat younger than the previous generation. The gameplay will revolve around surviving and escaping the island she has been left stranded on following the shipwreck.As well as the usual aerobic traversal of the island’s landscape, we can also look forward to a “much bloodier” combat system. There’s also a new crafting system which sees objects collected on your travels being combined to form useful objects. The trailer shows a bow, so we assume you’ll be making some interesting arrow heads at least.Tomb Raider was certainly ripe for a new game to be released, and this reinvention is certainly only going to help with the hype in the run-up to release day. Can Crystal Dynamics create something that is on a par, or even surpasses the Uncharted series? For all gamers out there, I really hope so.via the Tomb Raider bloglast_img read more


September 1, 2019 0

Reputed mobster diamond thief sentenced to prison

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements They had also planned to rob an armored car, prosecutors said.The FBI has said Scalise’s resume included serving as a technical adviser on the movie “Public Enemies” about Depression Era gangster John Dillinger, which was filmed in Chicago in 2008.Asked by reporters as he left court earlier this year if the Marlborough Diamond could ever be located, Scalise said, “If Lloyd’s wanted to pay enough money, maybe they could.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Parents, stop beating yourself up Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The difference between men and women when it comes to pain “It’s the way we are,” Rachel responded. “We got nothing better to do. We sit around talking.”Rachel and Joseph “The Monk” Scalise staged a daring daytime theft of the Marlborough Diamond in 1980. Both men were convicted in Britain of threatening to use a hand grenade while robbing London’s posh Graff Jewelers of $3.6 million worth of goods, including the diamond. They began serving 15-year prison terms in 1984 and were released in 1993.The diamond was never recovered.Federal prosecutor Amarjeet Bhachu didn’t mince words in characterizing Rachel, noting his long criminal history.“This thug has the gall to ask for leniency when he does the same thing over and over,” Bhachu told the court. “He is a parasite. He lives off of others. The public needs to be protected from this man.”Leinenweber found Rachel guilty in a bench trial, while his co-defendants _ Scalise, 74, and Robert Pullia, 70 _ pleaded guilty earlier.Evidence presented during Rachel’s trial included a banged-up stepladder that the would-be robbers intended to use in a 2010 burglary at the home of the late Chicago mobster Angelo “The Hook” LaPietra. Authorities arrested the senior citizens, dressed in black, outside the house. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family CHICAGO (AP) – A reputed Chicago mobster who gained notoriety three decades ago for stealing the 45-carat Marlborough Diamond from a London jewelry store was sentenced to prison in another case Thursday, telling the judge he got involved in more robberies because he was bored.Arthur “The Brain” Rachel, 73, was sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison for his involvement in planning robberies with two other accomplices, both of whom are also in their 70s. Before the sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge Harry Leinenweber asked Rachel why he got involved after spending nearly a decade in prison for the diamond heist. Top Stories last_img read more


August 18, 2019 0

Iraqis prepare for first vote since US withdrawal

first_img Sponsored Stories Members of the police and army cast their ballots early in special voting on Saturday.“I am looking for real change,” said Ali Talib, a 27-year old policeman who was voting for the first time at a heavily guarded school in Baghdad. “This is the first election where we totally depend on ourselves to run and protect the election process.”The results will be an important gauge of support for various political blocs heading into 2014 national elections. Al-Maliki has not ruled out seeking a third term next year despite charges from opponents that his administration is a dictatorship in the making.A vote without major violence would be a victory in itself for the police and army, who face a reviving al-Qaida insurgency.Militants are making sure they are heard in the run-up to the polls. At least 13 candidates have been killed so far. In one attack earlier this month, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a lunch hosted by a Sunni candidate in the city of Baqouba. The candidate survived.More than 8,000 candidates from a dizzying array of dozens of electoral blocs, including many little-known small parties, are in the running.In the southern Iraqi city of Najaf, the fierce competition among them is evident. Posters of the candidates hang in the narrow spaces among the crowded tombs and mausoleum walls. Some would-be voters, including 46-year-old retired government employee Haider Khazim, say that is in poor taste. He came across the posters while burying a relative there about a month ago.“Even the dead become part of this electoral farce,” he said.“We know that the people running for this election are after the huge salaries, privileges and a share in (government) contracts. The last thing that crosses their mind … is to end the suffering of the people in their provinces,” Khazim added.Public anger over poor services, corruption and dim job prospects is common across Iraq. Many cities, including the capital, lack steady electricity and suffer from crumbling streets and rickety sewage systems.Local councils tussle with national leaders in Baghdad over how to spend money allocated to develop the provinces. Provincial councils repeatedly complain that they are tied up by restrictions issued by the central government over how to spend the funds.That lack of progress a decade after the 2003 U.S. invasion has left many voters apathetic _ if not downright cynical.On some Baghdad streets, vandals have removed one Arabic letter in the widely used slogan “My province first” so the defaced signs now read: “My wallet first.” Satirists online have rejiggered the electoral slogan of al-Maliki’s bloc from “Construction and Determination” to “Explosion and Exclusion” _ a reference to the feelings of many Sunnis that they have been marginalized by the Shiite-led government. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Candidate Murtada al-Bazouni, from al-Maliki’s State of Law bloc, said he understands voters’ frustrations. But he urged them to participate nonetheless, because “boycotting only means that old faces will return” to office.The last time Iraqis voted, in national elections in 2010, al-Maliki’s Shiite-dominated State of Law coalition faced a strong challenge from the Iraqiya bloc, which sought support from Sunnis as well as secular-minded Shiites.Majority Shiites have headed the succession of Iraqi administrations that followed the ouster of Saddam Hussein and his Sunni-led regime in 2003.Iraqiya is running in this election too, but it is now fragmented. Prominent figures such as Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi and Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq _ who previously banded with Iraqiya _ are fielding their own slates of candidates rather than running under the Iraqiya banner.In Baghdad and the Shiite-dominated south, al-Maliki’s State of Law also will face a challenge from Shiite rivals _ the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council and anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s Sadrist Trend _ both of them closely allied with Shiite Iran. A strong showing by them could mobilize their political base and undermine support for al-Maliki’s bloc heading into next year’s national elections. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like BAGHDAD (AP) – Even the dead are not spared the campaigning for Iraq’s upcoming local elections.Brightly colored placards blanket major streets and hang around the vast cemetery in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, appealing to the hundreds of mourners who stream through each day.The April 20 vote for provincial governing councils will be the first election since the U.S. military withdrawal in December 2011. Even though elections for federal positions such as prime minister and parliament are not scheduled until next year, this will nevertheless be a key test for Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s dominant political bloc. Six of the country’s 18 governorates are not voting in this election.Voters in three provinces that make up the largely autonomous northern Kurdish region, which operates its own regional government, are expected to cast ballots in local elections later this year.Voters in the ethnically disputed and oil-rich province of Kirkuk have not had a chance to elect local officials since 2005 because residents cannot agree on a power-sharing formula there.Iraq’s Cabinet, citing security concerns, decided to postpone elections for up to six months in Sunni-dominated Anbar and Ninevah provinces, where anti-government protests have raged for months. The delay has not been welcomed by many voters and raises questions about the credibility of the vote.So does the fact that the police and army are voting a full week before the rest of the country, which means their ballots will have to be safeguarded for a longer period of time. In the past, the police and army voted just a couple days before the general public.Members of the security forces interviewed Saturday said their superiors encouraged them to vote, though they denied being pressured to vote for any particular bloc.One police officer voting in Baghdad, Adnan Hameed, said he expects all of his comrades will cast ballots and many will be for al-Maliki’s bloc. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Comments   Share   “They have the strength and resolve to defeat terrorism, and they are honest people,” he said.This time around, Iraqi electoral officials will allocate seats using a new formula that more closely translates the percentage of votes into a percentage of seats, said Jose Maria Aranaz, the chief electoral adviser at the United Nations mission to Iraq.Previously, parties that failed to reach a minimum threshold saw their votes discarded, while top vote-getters often secured a disproportionately large number of seats even if they did not win a majority outright.“The provincial councils should be more representative, and there will be less wasted votes,” Aranaz said.Political analyst Hadi Jalo predicted that half of the more than 16 million registered voters would cast ballots. Many, he forecast, will do so out of loyalty rather than a belief that their votes will bring about meaningful change.“Those voters believe that it is a … duty to vote for people from their own sect or tribe,” he said.___AP writer Qassim Abdul-Zahra contributed.___Follow Adam Schreck on Twitter at http://twitter.com/adamschreck Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more


August 18, 2019 0

The CHOICE Act The Solution or the Problem

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